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Hirokazu Hatagata's Danceable LIFE Vol.4

(Please note that this page was created using Google's automatic translation service and understand that because of this, its translation may not necessarily be accurate.)

Awareness through “teaching”
Hirokazu Hatagata (dancer / choreographer)

I have been teaching jazz dance at university for about three years. The reason was that I made a guest appearance as a caravos in the Sleeping Beauty of Momoko Tani Ballet. I learned a lot because I wasn't expecting to be able to call it a full-fledged work for a classical ballet stage, which was commissioned by a former principal of the Russian Kirov Ballet.
From that connection, he asked me if I could take a jazz dance class at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
Actually, when I was in my twenties, I taught at a culture center for a short time, but when it comes to university classes, hurdles are high. I wanted to dance in the active role, so there was a feeling that it was a waste of time. However, I rarely have such an opportunity. Since dance cannot be left as an entity like pictures and music, I thought it would be good if I could convey what I had learned so far to the younger generation.
The question is “what to tell”. I'm not an elite dancer, so it's not a technical example. I think it would be a good idea to challenge because I had a great deal of voice, but I have the courage to “teach” the students.
When I talked to an acquaintance who is teaching at the university, “You do n’t have to teach.I just need to show the minute dancing. " What is needed is to show the attitude that I have faced with dancing, and leave it to the students how to perceive and acquire it. I was taught by these words and started taking classes.

I started thinking that I would steal my self-expression through dance and how to express my presence when I saw the dance, but it was three years after I realized. I had no experience as a teacher and it was hard to have a class while holding a stage, so I thought I wanted to quit soon.

Apparently, I didn't hate teaching.

I don't think it's taught well, and sometimes I find it cumbersome. However, I am glad to see the students growing up step by step, and I feel loved. I was surprised myself.
This spring, we will give out our first graduate. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they do their best in the outside world.

I don't know what happens in the world, just as I was forced to step down the stage. No matter how you hold it, it's no good when it's no good. I want to try everything as much as I can.

Photography cooperation: Don Giovanni